When it comes to drinking, driving should never be an option. Before you get behind the wheel this NYE after a few drinks think again. It is a commonly known fact that there are more alcohol related car accidents on New Year’s Eve than most other nights. Compared to the average weekend night, the 12-hour window between 6 p.m. on Dec. 31 and 6 a.m. on Jan. 1 tends to have about 71% more crashes where alcohol or drugs are listed as a contributing factor.
- With an average of 140 deaths (based on statistics from 2002 to 2008), New Year’s Day is the second most deadly day for drivers
- January 1st is the day of the year with the highest percent of deaths related to alcohol from 2008-12
- Number of people killed in drunk driving crashes in New Year’s 2013: 140
- Number expected to be killed this New Year’s: 156
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